Born S. Vaidyalingam
(1945-04-27) April 27, 1945
Pondicherry, India
Pen name Prabanjan
Occupation writer and critic
Language Tamil
Nationality Indian
Ethnicity Tamil
Citizenship Indian
Notable works Vaanam Vasapadum
Notable awards Sahitya Akademi Award
Spouse Pramila Rani

Prapanchan (Tamil: பிரபஞ்சன்), is the pseudonym of S. Vaidyalingam (Tamil: சாரங்கபாணி வைத்தியலிங்கம், b. 27 April 1945) a Tamil, writer and critic from Pondicherry, India.


Prapanchan was born in Pondicherry and did his schooling there. His birth name was Vaidyalingam. His father ran a toddy shop. He attended the Karandhai College and graduated as a Tamil Vidwan. He started his career as a Tamil teacher in Thanjavur. He also worked as a journalist in Kumudam, Ananda Vikatan and Kungumam. In 1961, he published his first short story Enna ulagamada in the magazine Bharani. He was influenced by the Self-Respect Movement. He has published 46 books so far. In 1995, he was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for Tamil for his historical novel Vaanam Vasapadum (lit. The Sky will be ours) set in the times of Ananda Ranga Pillai. His works have been translated into Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, German, French, English and Swedish. His play Muttai is part of the curriculum in Delhi University and his short story collection Nerru Manidhargal is a textbook in many colleges. He is married to Pramila Rani and they have three sons. He lives in Chennai and Pondicherry.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

Partial bibliography



Short story collections


Awards and recognitions


  1. Tamil Sahitya Akademi Awards 1955-2007 Sahitya Akademi Official website.
  2. "Tamil translation of Malayalam travelogue launched". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 4 January 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
  3. "Prapanchan interview". Tamiloviam (in Tamil). Retrieved 6 June 2010.
  4. Kumar, Neelam (2002). Our favourite Indian stories. Jaico Publishing House. pp. xxii. ISBN 978-81-7224-978-6.
  5. S. Ramakrishnan. "பிரபஞ்சன் : எப்போதுமிருக்கும் நட்பு". Uyirmmai (in Tamil). Retrieved 6 June 2010.
  6. "Prapanchan profile". Uyirmmai. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
  7. "Prapanchan Profile". Tamil Virtual University. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
  8. "Prapanchan interview". Nilacharal (in Tamil). Retrieved 6 June 2010.
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